Mr Sergei Lavrov, the Foreign Minister of the Russian
Federation, and Mr Wang Yi, the Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of
China, called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan
today (December 11, 2017), says an official statement.
Welcoming the Russian Foreign Minister and his
delegation to India, the President said that India-Russia bilateral ties are
strong. This year we have witnessed intensification in our high-level
The President was happy to note that bilateral trade
between India and Russia registered a growth of 22% in the first six months of
this year. He stated that early operationalisation of the International North
South Transport Corridor can play a significant role in achieving our bilateral
The President said that institutionalisation of the
India-Russia Heads of Think Tanks Forum, which held its 2nd session in Delhi on
December 4-5, would be most helpful to both countries. We should continue with
our efforts to bring our think tanks and academic communities closer.
Welcoming Mr Wang Yi to India, the President
congratulated him on the successful conclusion of the 19th Congress of the
Communist Party of China. He stated that India looks forward to working with
President Xi Jinping and the Chinese leadership to take our developmental
partnership to greater heights.
The President said that we view India-China ties as
important in our foreign policy. Our high-level exchanges and interactions have
maintained momentum. Our economic engagement is growing. We are also seeing
cooperation on many international issues.
The President said that as two major countries in the
world, expansion of cooperation bilaterally as well as regionally is in our
mutual interest. He was confident that multifaceted relations between India and
China will continue to make progress and acquire even greater salience.
The two Foreign Ministers
are in India to participate in the 15th RIC (Russia-India-China) Trilateral
Meeting later in the day. The meeting, to be hosted by External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj, is expected to review global and regional issues of
common interest, concludes the release.
Earlier today, External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met both the foreign ministers individually for
discussion on issues of mutual interest.
The three foreign ministers
will issue a joint statement as well at the 15th RIC. The
discussions will be followed by a working lunch.
The platform of the three
major BRICS members is aimed at facilitating common position on key global
challenges - radical ideas, terror threats, Afghanistan and West Asia.
Swaraj will hold a bilateral
meeting on the sidelines of RIC with Wang Yi and Sergei Lavrov.
China and India are at odds
on issues like NSG membership for India, Masood Azhar's ban or even India's
participation in One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR).